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More great TeeVee news: HBO is going to stream Watchmen for free this weekend to celebrate Juneteenth. If you haven’t watched it, friends, I urge you to do so.

I genuinely thought Watchmen was the best series of the year even before the protests took over the country, but my God, it is more relevant than ever. If you’re someone who didn’t watch because 1. you don’t like superhero stories or 2. were worried that you didn’t read the comics and therefore wouldn’t be able to follow the series: 1. it’s not really a superhero show in any traditional sense and 2. good news! I recapped the series with that in mind and tried my best to explain those things that newbies might have had trouble with.

That said, I feel like my recaps failed in a significant way in that I didn’t really spend much — if any — real effort writing about the racial component of the story. I admit, I was intimidated by it. As a white Southern woman, it didn’t feel like it was my place to interpret the Black experience as it was being told in the series. And it’s not! But in retrospect, what I intended to be a respectful distance from the issue feels now like cowardice. I am genuinely sorry for not doing the story — which is beautiful and profound and powerful — justice.

But please, spend this weekend watching this remarkable and brave series. You’ll love it.

Watchmen isn’t your only Juneteenth option this weekend: FX, FXX, and FXM will be running marathons of Atlanta and black-ish, and airing Selma and Get Out.

Your idiot president is taking credit for making Juneteenth “very famous.”

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The Bachelor recap series, The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons — Ever! isn’t going to recap Rachel Lindsay’s season because of “licensing issues” according to Nick Viall. I don’t know what the fuck that even means, but it’s not a good look right now, ABC.

The Rookie will touch on police brutality this season. (As will every. single. other. cop show. I’m not complaining, just pointing out the obvious mea culpas that are coming. )

Bravo fired Peter Hunziker from Below Deck Mediterranean for being a racist piece of shit online.

OH NO NOT MEGAN AMRAM, DAMMIT.

Why We Hate: The Reckoning, a two-hour special about everything going on is going to air on Discovery on June 21.

HBO’s Real Sports will cover racism and the virus this season. Welcome to the party, Bryant Gumbel.

ABC just moved black-ish to the fall, pushing new series Call Your Mother to midseason. And I just wrote about the fall season in a post over at Chron.com, dammit. I put the schedules together here so you can plan accordingly, and wrote a little about how the networks are dealing with COVID-19. Sorta.

Hey, remember how The Bold and The Beautiful started filming yesterday? So how’s that going? Oh, they’ve already halted production? Huh.

Here’s the plan for The Bachelorette: it involves filming at a resort.

Hasan Minhaj had his producer move in with him so they could continue making Patriot Act. Commitment!

HBO is making a quarantine comedy special, Coastal Elites, filmed entirely during lockdown. It stars Bette Midler, Kaitlyn Dever, Dan Levy, Sarah Paulson, and Issa Rae and will premiere in September.

Meanwhile, ABC is hoping that COVID-19 will officially be the death of “pilot season.” I keep seeing these stories about how the networks want to move away from pilot season to which I say, JUST DO IT. YOU ARE THE ONLY ONES MAKING PILOT SEASON HAPPEN.

Outbreak: The First Response, a special hosted by Soledad O’Brien, is going to air on Hearst channels tomorrow.

A special episode of Lenox Hill dealing with COVID-19 will be released on Netflix on June 24.

The idea that production is going to come roaring back anytime soon might be misguided.

And I keep telling you people, there is a good chance NFL Football might not happen this year. Americans will LOSE THEIR DAMN MINDS. And I don’t know what the NCAA is thinking but …

Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernandez has been hospitalized with COVID-19.

From my buddy and fellow blogger, Charles Kuffner, is this delightfulness in which a family has used their time in lockdown to create Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure shot-for-shot.

Sex Monsters

WELL, WELL, WELL. LOOK WHO IS FINALLY GOING TO HAVE TO PAY FOR HIS CRIMES. Xenu can’t save you now, Danny Masterson.

Chris D’Elia is denying being a pedophile and creep. OK.

Chad Barrett, who was on Food Network a few times, has been cut off from the network after domestic abuse allegations.

That time James Gandolfini threatened to beat the shit out of Harvey Weinstein (but not for being a rapist).

All Other TV News

The Emmys are increasing the number of nominees as a result of a deluge of content.

Better Call Saul‘s Saul Goodman offers his Emmy voting services in a clever bit of outreach.

Grey’s Anatomy will outlive us all.

Is there any chance God Friended Me or Single Parents might be saved? (Honestly, no. They were both produced by the networks who canceled them, so I can’t imagine those same networks are going to shop them around to different networks, that just doesn’t make any damn sense.)

However, spinoffs for Modern Family and Fresh Off the Boat are still on the table.

And Amazon is hinting that there might be more Sandition, which has a very passionate fan base.

Thanks to this virus, people have too much damn time on their hands.

The Bachelor producers tried to make Jason Tartick propose to Kaitlyn Bristowe on their dumb recap show. Fortunately, he has a brain in his head.

Y’all, don’t let HGTV’s Windy City Rehab anywhere near your house.

LOL, even Fox News recognizes that Tucker Carlson is full of shit.

Congratulations, Raven-Symoné!

WOW, congratulations, Kristen Wiig!

This doesn’t have anything to do with television but I hope Stephen Miller is having a miserable day deep in the recesses of his cave.

And I’m leaving this here because why not.

Renewals

In Development

Mark Your Calendars

  • Cursed debuts on Netflix on July 17. It’s a gender-twist on the Excalibur story and I am here for it.
  • Zack Snyder’s Justice League is coming to HBO Max in 2021.
  • Say I Do will debut on Netflix on July 1. You have time to invest in some tissues.
  • Hanna returns on Amazon on July 3.
  • Twilight Zone will return on CBS All Access on June 25.
  • Doom Patrol debuts on HBO Max (for its second season) on June 25. The first season, which originally premiered on DC Universe, received strong reviews, so it might be worth checking out now that it’s not hidden away on a platform no one has.
  • Desperados will debut on Netflix on July 3.
  • George Lopez: We’ll Do It for Half will premiere on Netflix on June 30.

R.I.P.

Yohan, K-Pop star, member of TST

Dame Vera Lynn, Singer of “We’ll Meet Again.” Shamefully, this obit neglects to include maybe the most famous use of the song:

WATCH THIS

Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn: A documentary about the hateful little creep who worked for Senator McCarthy and mentored Donald Trump. 8 p.m., HBO

Top Chef Masters: A winner is chosen. (Go, Melissa!) Season finale. 9 p.m., Bravo

Taste the Nation: And now that her Top Chef duties are complete, Padma Lakshmi can focus her attention to this other show about immigrants and American food. Series premiere. Hulu

The Order: Season two. Netflix

Summer Camp Island: The animated series from one of the Adventure Time creators moves to HBO Max for its second season. Premiere. HBO Max

Late Night:

  • Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Rev. Al Sharpton, Luke Bryan
  • Late Night with Seth Meyers: Judd Apatow
  • The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Sherrilyn Ifill, Mike Birbiglia
  • The Late Late Show with James Corden: David Tennant, Jodie Whittaker, Leon Bridges featuring Terrace Martin
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live: Amy Schumer
  • The Daily Show: The Daily Social Distancing Show
  • Watch What Happens Live: Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio
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